BOOK OF THE MONTH JANUARY

Birds of a Feather
by Vanita Oelschlager

Children are curious about words, especially phrases that make them laugh ("Ants in your pants!"), sound silly ("Barking up the wrong tree" or "Goosebumps") or trigger images that tickle a child's sense of the absurd ("Like a bull in a china shop"). Birds of a Feather introduces children to the magic of idiom words that separately have one meaning, but together take on something entirely different. Birds of a Feather introduces idioms with silly illustrations of what the words describe literally. The reader then has to guess the "real" meaning of the phrases (which is upside down in the corner of each spread). At the end of the book, the reader is invited to learn more about these figures of speech.